Hearts and flowers

The Postal Service dedicated the latest stamp in its Love series during a ceremony in the historic village of Romeo, MI, on Jan. 14.

“The joy I receive from flowers is similar to the joy I feel when I receive mail from a loved one,” Shavon Keys, Sales vice president, said at the event. “The Postal Service has successfully captured the delight and exuberance of love since its first stamp in the Love series, issued in 1973.”

The stamp comes in two designs, with floral illustrations reminiscent of old European folk art, as well as a subtle heart design specific to each stamp. The stamps were illustrated and designed by Bailey Sullivan with art direction by Greg Breeding.

Keys was joined in the ceremony by Christine Malzahn, president of the village of Romeo; Kelley Stephens, executive director of the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce; and Alex Stubbs, who served as Romeo’s postmaster for 26 years.

Ruth Heidebreicht, owner of local media outlet TheMittTV.com, was master of ceremonies.

USPS releases the Love stamp in mid-January so customers have a chance to purchase them in time for Valentine’s Day. They are also popular for cards, invitations and thank-you notes.

The village of Romeo will offer a romantic pictorial postmark throughout February, a tradition that Stubbs helped set in motion.

Said Stubbs: “For 28 consecutive years, the village of Romeo’s special postmark has brought customers from all over the country and around the world a little closer.”

New CISO

Heather L. Dyer has been named chief information security officer (CISO) and vice president, a role she has filled on an acting basis since November.

Dyer is responsible for safeguarding the Postal Service’s digital network and protecting information and technology assets from threats.

She also is responsible for any digital security needs that develop with the introduction of new USPS products and services.

In a previous CISO role, Dyer was identity and access management director, overseeing the team responsible for ensuring secure access to postal systems and applications.

That team also was part of an initiative with the FBI to offer fingerprinting services at certain Post Offices.

Prior to serving as CISO, Dyer was retail director, where she was responsible for 30,000 retail locations with a combined revenue of more than $13 billion.

Dyer has been with the Postal Service for more than 20 years. Besides CISO and retail, she has worked in operations.

Sacred trust

The Postal Service is reminding employees that it is of the utmost importance to protect the sanctity of the mail.

When people send and receive mail through USPS, they trust that their mail will be treated with respect.

Damaging, delaying, tampering with or destroying mailpieces of any kind violates the sanctity of the mail and erodes the public’s trust in the Postal Service.

Customers across the nation rely on USPS to deliver their mail — including bills, medication and personal correspondence — safely, securely and quickly.

Business customers depend upon the Postal Service to ship packages and products.

All mail, of any type, is important and must be respected.

Employees who violate the sanctity of the mail may be reprimanded or dismissed and could face federal criminal charges.